Adult Learning

A program leading to the Sixth-Year Certificate in Adult Learning provides an opportunity for advanced students who have the master’s degree to increase their professional competence through further study under the guidance of a faculty member.

The Adult Learning 6th year program in the Department of Educational Leadership prepares individuals to:

  1. Identify issues that impact adult learning across a variety of contexts;
  2. Critically examine important questions in the field using rigorous research methodologies and methods;
  3. Construct theoretical models based on sound empirical research to guide practice and policy;
  4. Lead organizations in assessing and meeting learning needs of individual adults, organizations, and communities;
  5. Design supportive learning environments and systems;
  6. Facilitate learning activities to optimize adult learning;
  7. Apply lenses of social justice and organizational change to work in and with complex organizations.

Students must earn at least thirty credits in a planned program of professional education beyond the Master’s Degree, and complete a summary project or a comprehensive exam.

Required Core Courses (15 credits):

EDLR 5201, 5204, 6313, 6467, 6050. Adult Learning Courses (nine credits minimum):

Tract One courses focus on the Individual Learner. Examples of courses in this tract include: COMM 5101; EDLR 5202; HDFS 5215; PSYC 5251; PSYC 5567.

Tract Two courses focus on Designing Learning Environments. Examples of courses in this tract include:

COMM 5650; EPSY 5220, 5520, 5530; PP 5319.

Research Courses (six credits minimum):

EDCI 6000, 6005; EDLR 6052; EPSY 5605, 5607; Other research courses as appropriate, such as EPSY 5610, 5613, 5621.

This certificate is offered by the Neag School of Education.